Friday, February 20, 2015

QCCC Goes to JU Winter Retreat 2015!

QCCC members, or "delegates", as I like to call them, with Fr. Shawn. 
QCCC sent its delegates to the JU Winter Retreat, which took place over the Family Day long weekend this year at Fair Havens Ministries. We were particularly excited this year because the invited guest speaker was none other than the fantastic Fr. Shawn Hughes, the pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral in Kingston, QCCC's hometown.

Fr. Shawn's theme for the retreat was the Theology of the Body, which was originally taught by the St. John Paul the Great during his 129 audiences at the Vatican in the 1980s. He touched on topics relevant to young adults, including marriage, celibacy and family planning, among many others.
Eucharistic Adoration
Of course, a JU Retreat is never complete without a night of Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel, accompanied by the beautiful voices of the MCCC choir and Michael the pianist. They also contributed their voices to Singspiration and the three daily masses. Kudos to them for their efforts.

This retreat was made even more fantastic by our unique nametags. What's so special about them, you might ask? The nametags all form puzzle pieces, which joined together to form the "JU Man". Unfortunately, due to some of our day visitors leaving, the JU Man was never fully completed, although pictures of the near-complete JU Man do exist.
The JU Retreats are always good ways of putting Christianity into perspective without the distractions of daily life and schoolwork. If you haven't been to one, I strongly recommend you join us next year!
As always, we thank God for allowing this retreat to be a fruitful experience. Yours truly is also particularly thankful that the mechanic arrived promptly after his car's battery gave up on him in the cold weather!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Go Fish! #fishersofmen

We apologize for our temporary blog hiatus!

We've been busy at work still, putting together weekly cell gatherings.

Just this past Friday, we looked at last Sunday's gospel reading (Mt 4:12-23), and played Go Fish! Can't forget the Goldfish snacks too.

This week, Jesus said: "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Let us find the courage to drop our nets and follow Him!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Fun

In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, the familiar smells of cinnamon filled the air once again at Newman House.

For this Halloween themed cell, QCCC members embraced their artistic sides to bring character to some plump pumpkins. Before the carving began, one of our members shared some facts about the importance of Catholic symbols. Symbols allowed for a variety of people to decipher particular messages, even if they did not speak the same language. By learning about a variety of symbols, members understood the importance of communication when carrying out a design on the pumpkin.

After hearing about these symbols, everyone used their creative side to make intricate pumpkin patterns. It was tough to carve with some of the larger knives, but precision became crucial in finishing the final products. After a few hours of work a minion, mustached man, Ding Dong, and the Superman symbol appeared on the pumpkins.

While the pumpkins were carved, a couple members prepared some delicious cinnamon coated pumpkin seeds for everyone's enjoyment. These pint-sized snacks accompanied mugs of hot apple cider, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate marshmallow pops. The snacks were a good source of energy after a few hours of intense carving and allowed everyone's sweet tooth to be satisfied. The night concluded with pumpkin group pictures, allowing for the pumpkin handiwork to appreciated by all.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween and All Saint's Day!!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Our Lady of Medjugorje

In the summer of 2014, one of our very own QCCC members, Janice, travelled to Medjugorje for the annual Youth Festival. Along with some interesting stories of Our Lady of Medjugorje and great memories, Janice brought back souvenirs blessed by some local priests! Through Janice's personal reflection and sharing of her journey, we learned about the love our heavenly mother and how it pours onto us every day. As one of the prayer cards states, "If you knew how much I love you, you would cry for joy". We will undoubtedly face challenges and anxieties in our every day lives. Especially during these difficult times, may we learn to turn to Mary and ask for her grace and intercession. Through her, our love and relationship with Christ will grow stronger, and our journeys of faith will be guided by their footsteps. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Welcome to the Family

♫ Welcome to the family
We’re glad that you have come
To share your life with us
As we grow in love
And may we always be to you
What God would have us be
A family always thereTo be strong and to lean on ♫

The beginning of the school year is an especially exciting time for QCCC. We get the chance to reconnect with our QCCC family and welcome new brothers and sisters into our very special community. As a bonus, the delicious curry fishball tradition is kept alive every first cell of the year, attracting people from all across campus.

The lyrics of the song "Welcome to the Family" is an excellent summary of what the QCCC family is all about. QCCC is very special because we truly rely on one another during our time here at Queen's. Our relationships with one another are strengthened through our common goal of discovering ourselves and our faith. Flooded by His blessings, we grow to love one another more each day, and soon discover that there will always be people beside us to lean on.

To our new family members, QCCC is very blessed to have you join us as we walk our journey of faith together. May God fill your hearts with peace and many blessings.